SPE South Texas Section   The Extruder Newsletter

May 2017

The Society of Plastic Engineers

Table of Contents

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President’s Message

Dear SPE-STX Members,

As summer approaches and we wind down another year for the South Texas Section, I would like to take a moment to say “Thank You!” to everyone who has put in the efforts and hard work to keep this section moving forward.  As our careers and daily lives pull us in so many directions, it is sometimes difficult to find the time to participate in a volunteer organization like the SPE.  However, we can end this year with a smile knowing that we are still making a difference.  This year we had a record attendance at our International Polyolefin Conference.  Through the success of this event we are able to provide educational support and scholarships to our future plastics professionals.  This also makes it possible to provide scholarships to the families of our members who put in the efforts to make the section successful.  It’s fitting that the last section meeting of the year is an award ceremony where we can recognize several young students who are receiving scholarships this year.  Please join us on the evening of June 5th to celebrate these awards.  Registration is free on our website, but we ask that you please still register so we can get an accurate headcount for those who are coming.

The other task for our members at the end of each year is to select the officers and section leadership going forward.  I would highly recommend if anyone is interested in helping out in any role, please feel free to contact me or any other officer of the section.  After serving for a few years as an officer of the section, I can definitely say it is worth doing based  on the relationships formed and the experiences gained.  I look forward to seeing the direction our new leadership will take our section!

Best regards,
Kevin Alexander

Birch



In The News


THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDING THIS YEAR'S GOLF OUTING WHICH SUPPORTS OUR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Frank Padula Golf Outing


First Place: Ashby Baum, Willy Volders, Larry Walters, Richard Marburger (not pictured)

Second Place: Fred Kramer, John Militante, Doug Horton, Steve Barkmann (not pictured)

Ladies' Longest Drive: April Hix
Men's Longest Drive: Ryan Haag

Most-Gross: Lynnette Russo, Suzanne Diecks, Rick Miller (not pictured)

Suzanne Diecks: Ladies' Closest-to-the-Pin

Gary Brooks: Men's Closest-to-the-Pin

 

Next Breakfast Bunch Meeting

When: June 6, 2017
Where: I-Hop, 6508 Washington Ave., 77077, 7:00 AM (map)
Breakfast Bunch Meetings - The first Tuesday of each month all year.


 

BUSS Inc.

CA Pacard

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2073302&trk=hb_side_g

Join the South Texas Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers on LinkedIn. Click on the above link and you will be directed to group page. LinkedIn serves as another communication tool for SPE-STX.

LinkedIn is a free web site for professional networking with over 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

LinkedIn enables discussions and networking between SPE-STX members and those related to the plastics industry. LinkedIn compliments the current SPE-STX web and membership to LinkedIn is free.

News Highlight
LinkedIn SPE-STX group currently has over 375 members as of 2014. To date, the tool has been used primarily to promote and discuss SPE-STX meetings.

Members are also notified of meetings from board members plus email blasts sent by SPE International.

As always, both the monthly newsletter and SPE-STX web site are the leading sources of information on SPE-STX activities.

Chemspeed

Chemstusion

Our Student's Awards Dinner will be June 5

You're invited!

Join us for Awards Meeting at 7 p.m. on June, 5, 2017 at Café Express located at 3800 Southwest Freeway, #124, Houston, TX  77027

Get out and meet those students you have worked all year long to support! Food is available for purchase. Order from the menu.

SPE-STX will cover for the students.

Don't miss the fun and festivities. Reservations are sure to fill up fast! Register today.

 

Chetec

Plastics Information: Check It Out

Houston Public LibraryThe Houston Public Library on McKinney has resources on plastics and polymers. Check out their catalog at http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org. If you are not near the McKinney location, you can arrange to pick up your books at your local branch.

The Fondren Library at Rice University has the most complete collection of books on plastics and polymers. This is also a prime resource for patent and trademark information, as well as other US Government documents. You cannot check out books there unless you join Fondren Library [$50], but you can arrange for books to be sent to your library by inter-library loan. Use their catalog at http://library.rice.edu/.

The next best place to browse is at the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston central campus. South Texas Section has donated many plastics books to this library. If you plan ahead, you can get a TexShare library card from a library where you are a member, which will allow you to check out books from any U of H library. Their catalog is at http://www.library.uh.edu/.

CIMBAR

This year set new records for attendance at the largest polymer conference dedicated completely to polyolefins.

For more than 40 years, the SPE International Polyolefins Conference has provided a premier, value-packed event - a place for you to advance your knowledge, network with colleagues, and hear and learn about new technologies, ideas and industry trends.

With over 700 attendees, 67 exhibitor booths, 80+ technical papers, 5 Plenary speakers, a Sunday afternoon tutorial, 2 networking socials, and an annual student poster competition, the 2017 Polyolefins Conference was a hugh success.

Thank you to all volunteers who made this possible.

coperion

Development of stable polymeric structures for harsh oil-reservoir conditions

Gerardo Pineda-Torres, Luis Cervantes-Montejano, Cecilia Durán-Valencia, Fernando Barragán-Aroche, and Simon López-Ramírez

Abstract

Understanding the structure-function relationship in polymeric materials enables the development of stable products to optimize hydrocarbon recovery under harsh conditions.

Read more.

 

Corbion


Program Calendar

Date
Event Title
Event Specifics
Topic
Location
Time
06/05/17 Awards Banquet Student Presentations and Awards   Cafe Express,
3800 Southwest Freeway
#124
Houston, TX  77027
7 p.m.
09/09/17 Kickoff Event Houston Cougars Tailgating Party and Game Social TDECU Stadium  

CSM

Section Officers

President – Kevin Alexander
KwaTech LLC
281.701.7792
kevin@kwatech.com

Vice-President – Dell Doyle

President/Chair-elect – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Treasurer –Peter Lauzon
Peal Processing Inc.
281-560-3358
lauzopa@gmail.com

Secretary – Ryan Reese
Dover Chemical
330.343.7711
rreese@doverchem.com

Councilor – Ed Bourbonais
Chemtrusion Inc.
713-675-1616
ebourbonais@Chemtrusion.com

Committee Chairpersons

Awards –Edgard Chow
Kuraray America, Inc.
800.423-9762
edgard.chow@kuraray.com

Education – David Hansen
713.248.2273
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

Housing – Iman Bahrani
281-802-5392
iman.bahrani@omya.com

Membership – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Newsletter –Dell Doyle

Public Interest – Dave Hansen
713.248.2273
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

Technical Program – Steve King
SOLVAY Specialty Polymers
281.482.0078
steve.king@solvay.com

Polyolefins Conference – Chuck Crosby
713.469.2394
Charles.Crosby@Braskem.com

Golf Outing – April Hix

Board Members

Kevin Alexander
281.701.7792
kevin@kwatech.com

Steve King
281.851.0503
steven.king@solvay.com

Iman Bahrani
281-802-5392
iman.bahrani@omya.com

Bill Diecks
281-381-1264;
bill.diecks@comcast.net

Terry Vermaas
281.381.5755
tvermaas.aic@swbell.net

David Hansen
281.346.0143
david.hansen47@yahoo.com

David Grice
C and K Plastics / Valley Extrusions
281 352-6761
dgrice@candkplastics.com

Dell Doyle

Ashley Raines
281-913.8122
ashley.raines@EGCcomponents.com

Tom Walsh
President, Walsh Consulting Services, Inc.
281-493-2344
t.s.walsh@earthlink.net

Chuck Crosby
713.469.2394
Charles.Crosby@Braskem.com

Web Content/Section Coordinator

Suzanne Biggs – 713.829.9226
suzbiggs@comcast.net